Congress Considering Bill to Codify the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

June 29, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

On June 29, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Congress is considering a bill that would make President Bush's faith-based office and initiative a permanent White House fixture. Proponents argue it's a success worth continuing, but critics question whether it makes the wall between church and state too low. A subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee met Tuesday (June 21) to discuss a bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Green, R-Wis., to codify the initiative Bush established when he issued an executive order during his first term. 'The Tools for Community Initiatives Act' (H.R. 1054) would make permanent the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in 10 federal agencies that Bush created to pursue equal treatment of faith-based groups."